April 14, 2011
That is the guy I voted for!
We were sitting in the Barrymore with 500 progressives when Ed Schultz told the audience about Obama's speech and the crowd exploded! I have never experienced such noise. Imagine the president laying out his vision of America! Imagine suggesting that the wealthy pay more in taxes! Imagine promising to keep the social compact in place! Imagine saying that we must protect those with less while investing in education!
Paul Krugman labeled the Paul Ryan plan best on April 8: "ludicrous and cruel." And he was understating.
The NYT editorial today begins, "The man America elected president has re-emerged." Obama gave a great speech yesterday. He touched a nerve, he re-connected with the progressives. It was a speech for the history books. To me, the most important difference between Obama and Ryan is that Obama expresses the optimism that has carried this country for hundreds of years through wars, economic hardship and more, while Paul Ryan is the definition of pessimism and despair. One is "yes we can" and Ryan is "Woe is me!"
Ed Schultz has a home--the Barrymore. A great night as the Fab 13 Senators were cheered with standing Ovations. Re-call was on the menu all night. The battle continues.
P.S. Did you see the Ryan video of himself? Yikes! Narcissism, to be generous.
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There was a interview on NPR this morning that included a Republican't representative responding to Obama's speech. I don't recall his name but I'm sure he is typical of every Republican't. The interviewer asked for a response with regard to raising taxes on the wealthy. The Republican't said the wealthy have worked hard to get where they are and shouldn't be burdened with extra taxes. We need tax reform instead, a simpler system.
First of all, making the wealthy pay their share of taxes IS tax reform. Secondly, it is not the wealthy who have worked hard, it is all the laborers in this country who have sacrificed their lives and happiness so the wealthy can be wealthy.
Not only should the wealthy pay more in taxes, workers need to have better, safer jobs and incomes that give each an every one of us at least a chance to enjoy life and our friends. This will never happen as long as worker rights are stripped away.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | April 14, 2011
Solid speech, encouraging feelings, maybe he was the right person to support in 2008 and perhaps 2012. But one robin does not a spring make. Mr. President please demonstrate this side of yourself more often.
-JS Lauver | Clear Lake, WI | April 14, 2011
OK: NOW let's see ALL those blue dog Democrats in Congress back a progressive "change" that we voted for...or they can run right out the door with Republicans who sit around enjoying what must be palm grease from lobbyists. Let Democrats in Congress get on the mic and loudly blister Republicans like Ryan, on television and support change...like they all should have done when Obama was first elected...as opposed to everyone expecting instant change and allowing the Republicans to look like heroes standing on their "pillars of propaganda spin."
-mh | madison, wisconsin | April 14, 2011
Regarding the Obungle speech.
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.
I know people are desperate to see the real Obama come out again. Hey, you HAVE seen the real Obama all along. Just depends on what you want to see that day.
The Birthers all want to see his birth certificate. Hell, I want to see his Democratic Party membership card! I don't think he can produce one. I think he was born at GOP General Hospital.
Now we sit back and watch a dysfunctional congress has it out (as with health care) and then wait to see who Obungle actually ends up tossing under the bus on this one.
Get a grip Obamapologists. You worked hard to elect a fraud.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | I Escaped, WI. | April 14, 2011
PS: They can start by telling Ryan, whining about taxes, that we want that BILLION A WEEK back from that mistaken IRAQ WAR. I didn't vote for it; I believe that the military was ABUSED, and US foreign policy needs to change. While they're at it, they can move ahead on R & D of solar energy grids by STOPPING the subsidies on oil.
-hm | madison, wi | April 14, 2011
Words are not deeds.
-Richard Kanak | Cherry Valley, Illinois | April 14, 2011
Sir, Please stop expecting the President to come around to any type of progressive policy making. He mentions the 25 million Americans out of work or underemployed but gives no policy for massive employment.
Should the President say that he will tax corporations at 1943 levels (we are at war, dedicating 50% of our budget to destruction not production) and dangles the carrot of employment tax credits in front of the boardrooms we might have something to cheer about.
Reverend President Obama has once again taken us up to the shining city on the hill, quenched our thirst with "Let's do the right thing because we're Americans" juice but offers no policy to solve our staggering unemployment problem.
Cutting unemployment to 4% and below will solve our deficit problem much more quickly, efficiently and appropriately than any proposal yet offered.
I find no reason for your cheerleading when we've been given nothing of substance and the President is decidedly going down the wrong road.
We need peace, banking regulation, corporate taxation, single payer healthcare and tens of millions of jobs over the next decade. To date the best the President can do is one step above nothing.
His campaign for President was a dream of eloquence after the illiteracy of Bush but he and his party refuse to deliver and America is unnecessarily suffering because of it.
-John Wolfe | Shoreline, WA | April 14, 2011